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Old 12-02-2009, 05:25 PM   #1
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body lift bad rep

I bought my 93 last September and it has a 2" body lift on it. I'm only running 30's on it, so no problem with tire clearance, but why do body lifts have such a bad reputation. This is my first jeep, so I have no idea if handling is an issue or not.

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Old 12-02-2009, 05:29 PM   #2
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Asthetics is the main reason I can think of for the disdain for large body lifts. They shouldn't really affect handling.

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Old 12-02-2009, 05:38 PM   #3
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It does raise your center of gravity more! and the reason for a lift is for clearance. not nessasarily clearance for tires, but ground clearance and it gaines you nothing!
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Old 12-02-2009, 05:45 PM   #4
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2 inchs is not that bad dont
let it bother you
alot will use a small 1 -1.5 body lift
to add too a 2 1/2 inch susp lift
plus a bl is required for armor install
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Old 12-02-2009, 06:02 PM   #5
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With all the iron still in the same place, I'm figuring the COG doesn't change much with a body lift. Also, bigger tires do give bigger ground clearance. Your pumpkins are the lowest point, and the only thing getting them further from the terra firma is your tires.
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Old 12-02-2009, 06:42 PM   #6
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A high quality suspension lift will give you extra clearance, plus added flexibility. Many are also stronger than stock.

A body lift obviously won't help your suspension at all. You can also run into problems from the parts that get lifted conflicting with the parts that stay put - mostly the radiator getting lifted above the fan, but also possibly brake lines, shift linkages and shifter clearance, and things like that. Plus the weird look from your fenders being several inches lower than the body!

BUT most people think a 2" body lift is a reasonable and inexpensive option.
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Old 12-02-2009, 06:51 PM   #7
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Beside all the crap that may need to be relocated... with a tall body lift 3" for example..it takes less force for the body to shift when in an impact, either on the trail or on the street, thus making it not as safe as the stock location.
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Beside all the crap that may need to be relocated... with a tall body lift 3" for example..it takes less force for the body to shift when in an impact, either on the trail or on the street, thus making it not as safe as the stock location.
I saw an accident once where a guy in a lifted Bronco ran from the cops, made a bad corner, and hit a tall curb. The body of the Bronco kept going forward while the frame and suspension stayed put. It looked really funny.
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Old 12-02-2009, 07:50 PM   #9
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With all the iron still in the same place, I'm figuring the COG doesn't change much with a body lift. Also, bigger tires do give bigger ground clearance. Your pumpkins are the lowest point, and the only thing getting them further from the terra firma is your tires.
x2 well said
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Old 12-02-2009, 07:57 PM   #10
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haveing worked in a suspension shop iv seen every sespension part fail,brake but iv never seen a body lift fail. the fact is suspension lifts are no safer then BLs BL just dont look all that great
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With all the iron still in the same place, I'm figuring the COG doesn't change much with a body lift. Also, bigger tires do give bigger ground clearance. Your pumpkins are the lowest point, and the only thing getting them further from the terra firma is your tires.
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A properly done body lift is no more dangerous than a suspension lift. It will give you clearance under your fenders for larger tires which will give you true clearance under your axles.
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.... the fact is suspension lifts are no safer then BLs BL just dont look all that great
If the BL puck and bolt size diameter where increased then yes they would be safer, however that is not the case. Thus the taller they go the easier it is for impact forces to place stress on them. Would you rather go on the trail with a Jeep with a 7" suspension lift or a 7" body lift?
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Old 12-03-2009, 03:19 AM   #13
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If the BL puck and bolt size diameter where increased then yes they would be safer, however that is not the case. Thus the taller they go the easier it is for impact forces to place stress on them. Would you rather go on the trail with a Jeep with a 7" suspension lift or a 7" body lift?
who makes a 7" body lift?
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Old 12-03-2009, 09:23 AM   #14
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Everything everybody is saying is true. I'd prefer a suspension lift anyday, and relocating stuff still has to happen. But, for a less expensive option to clear your tires, a moderate body lift isn't a bad option. I don't care for how a 3" looks, but a 2" probably wouldn't be noticable, especially if you have rocker guards and heavy duty bumpers. I've never seen anyone go bigger than 4" on a BL, but I suppose with some custom mods, anything's possible, although I would think it would really look like crap. The suspension mods are better because they not only give you the clearance, but they usually give you better articulation, and keeping the meaties on the ground is all important. You can't get much traction if your tire isn't touching anything. So, I guess all I'm trying to say is that depending on your application, a BL isn't as bad as some try to make it out to be. Besides, only you have to drive your jeep, so does it really matter what somebody else thinks?
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Old 12-03-2009, 09:44 AM   #15
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who makes a 7" body lift?
Nobody for a Jeep as far as I know, but you can find 7" suspension lifts... so what does that tell you?
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Old 12-03-2009, 09:53 AM   #16
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I would think that creating a custom 7" BL wouldn't be too hard. But you'd need to do a serious amount of customizing the steering, brakes, and every other system that is connected between the body and frame, so if you want that height, you'd be far better off just going SOA.
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Suspension lift, not body lift (looks to me like the frame and body are more or less next to each other).

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Old 12-03-2009, 10:36 AM   #19
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WT^%^&* is that?the first pix is a guy who thought he was an ornamental iron worker ,which bumped his head.
The 2 pix Is even worse ,WT hell ,thats just plain dumbass .whould you drive that? State boy around here would give you Breath-alizer,Impond it ,then off to the crusher.what a waste of a good jeep
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Old 12-03-2009, 10:38 AM   #20
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Is that an antenna mast from a ham radio???#1

I love the hook on the front to hang your deer
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Old 12-03-2009, 10:53 AM   #21
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ON that jeep there doesn't appear to be any steering or brake lines. And the PU looks like a poor man's bigfoot. Not much use except for crushing cars and impressing rednecks. I wonder if when driving you use the whole seat, or YOU ONLY NEED THE EDGE!!! Edge!! Edge!! edge.
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Old 12-03-2009, 05:47 PM   #22
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Nobody for a Jeep as far as I know, but you can find 7" suspension lifts... so what does that tell you?
of course a body lift adds stress to the body bolts but the 1/2,7/16 bolts are strong enough to handle the added stress of a 3" body lift. u comparing a 2/3' body lift to a 7" body lift is like comparing 2" wheel spacers to 7" wheel spacers. off course its not safe
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Suspension lift, not body lift (looks to me like the frame and body are more or less next to each other).

that would not be a body lift it would be a chassis mod. i hate my body lift, i have a 4". mind you i did not install it. i am clearing my 35" tires but they rub now i did a lil modding with the chassis. im just going to cut the shit out of my body and do the rest in suspension.
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i dp have to say i don't mind a body lift up to 2.5 maybe a three. but i would rather have a suspension lift just for the flex. but if money is the prob body lifts are cheaper so i wont fault u if u do get one.biggest thing though is go out and use the jeep lift or not .
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I have installed a bl and susp. lifts on two of my jeeps and like both of them.
It your Jeep and you do understand so have fun with it.
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i have a 2 in ole man emu and wanted more lift, but didnt want to give up the flex or ride, and the fact that i was broke, so i opted for a 3"bl. i covered the gap in the back and the front is hard to notice as i have a brush guard, the sides are another story. im happy with it, not completely(THE GAP!!!), but i clear 34's, have plenty of flex and still have a decent ride
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I saw an accident once where a guy in a lifted Bronco ran from the cops, made a bad corner, and hit a tall curb. The body of the Bronco kept going forward while the frame and suspension stayed put. It looked really funny.
Thought we were talkin' about OJ for a minute...

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